3 Feb 2018 19:30 - St Laurence's Church, Reading

A concert with a difference!

Reading Bach Choir is delighted to present a dramatic exploration of the life and work of French composer Francis PoulencW (1899–1963).   Described as part Parisian bon-viveur and part would-be monk, he lived at the heart of musical life in Paris, was a member of Les SixW and was friends with many other contemporary composers, poets and artists, particularly the poet Paul EluardW.  He set many of Eluard’s poems several of which are included in this programme.

Our exploration is set over a winter night in 1946, as Poulenc, returning home late and unable to sleep, reflects on his busy social life and wild parties, his lovers, his conflicted faith and his experiences of occupied France.  It will include several of his choral compositions and also pieces by composers who influenced Poulenc including RavelW, DebussyW, StravinskyW and Benjamin BrittenW.

The choir is thrilled to be working with director, opera director and writer Rebecca Hanbury, who is resident artist at the Snape Maltings, and has worked with, among others, Glyndebourne, Scottish Opera, English Touring Opera and the Royal Opera House.

Join us for something new and exciting.

Music Director: David Young
Director: Rebecca Hanbury
Guest Actor: Richard Court

Full: £15; Concessions: £10; Under 18: £5
Bookings: tickets@readingbachchoir.org.uk; 0118 947 8097